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There will be several opportunities in the near future to comment on UMore plan

This summer the city of Rosemount, Empire Township and the University of Minnesota will finish up their work on an Alternative Urban Areawide Review of the UMore property.

Before the city council approves the final product sometime in September, they want feedback from the public and there will be a number of opportunities to give it coming up.

UMore Park is 5,000 acres of land owned by the university. The university plans to develop the property into a sustainable community that could include more than 30,000 people. The AUAR analyzes issues that may come up during that development.

3,000 acres of the UMore property are located within Rosemount. The rest are in Empire Township. The city is the responsible governmental unit for the AUAR. City planner Eric Zweber said the city's task is to look at possible impacts of the development.

To begin the AUAR process the city approved three land use concepts based on the UMore Park Master Plan that was created by the university.

On Tuesday night Zweber took the planning commission through the AUAR sections. Zweber's presentation of the AUAR can be watched on the city's website at

The review schedule for the AUAR will start with a joint planning commission and city council work session on May 15. The following week, on May 21 the council will authorize release of the AUAR for a 30-day public comment period.

In addition to comments from the public, the city will ask other regional agencies for feedback including the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Dakota County as well as others.

The comment period will likely open June 11 and run through July 11. During that period there will be a public meeting held as well as meetings with the various agencies.

Residents also can contact staff with comments.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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